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If you do own a FRITZ!Box, it is fairly simple to setup a Site-to-Site VPN connection to your Azure virtual network.
This article will walk you through all steps using the GUI (2018.05.23)

By the way, you might want to change the default FRITZ!Box subnet (192.168.178.0/24) to something else e.g. (192.168.111.0/24), otherwise this tutorial might not work as your FRITZ!Box will prevent some required changes.

 

 

First Step: Create a "Virtual Network"

Create a "Virtual Network" in Azure with an address space of e.g. 10.3.0.0/16 and a default subnet of e.g. 10.3.0.0/24 which must not overlap with your network at home (e.g. 10.0.0.0/24).
Lets name the VNET "A2H-VNET" and the default Subnet "A2H-Default-Subnet"

Within this VNET, create another subnet, a "Gateway subnet". Again, this must not overlap with your home network or the default subnet "A2H-Default-Subnet". Since we only need this subnet to hold "Virtual Network Gateway" IP, we can use a e.g. 29 subnet. Something like this: 10.3.1.0/29

Once this has been created, the VNET "A2H-VNET" should look similar to this:

View after adding the "Virtual Network" Azure VNET with two subnets

Read more: Azure - Fritz!Box: Site-to-Site VPN connection

My PC stopped working from out of sudden. No BIOS, no BEEP, nothing.

After checking all components OK, the last piece of the puzzle had to be the CPU (Intel Core i7-6700K) so I ordered a new mainboard and a new CPU.

The new mainboard + CPU arrived, have been installed and everything is working fine again.

Having the CPU laying around on my desk, I played around with it, and noticed, that the substrate looked somehow bent. I compared it to the CPU socket and the "dents" in the substrate perfectly match some plastic spacers of the socket 1151.

Searching for "Skylake bent" on the internet, brought my attention to this site: Skylake: Kühler können Sockel-1151-CPUs beschädigen

 I suspect that the cooler (be quiet! - DARK ROCK PRO 3) bent the substrate of the CPU over the course of 2 years until it failed.

The components involved:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Mainboard: ASUS Z170-A
  • Cooler: be quite! DARK ROCK PRO 3
  • Case: be quiet! Silent Base 800

The PC was assembled by me in October 2015 and broke down in November 2017. It was never moved, transported or physically abused (which would explain such a deformation).

Be aware of this issue if you use a heavy CPU cooler like the be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 3. I will try to reach out to be quite! to see if there have been reports of those kind of incident.

So finally I am also one of the involuntarily bike-pool-sponsors in Halle (Saale).

On 1. June  2015 between 21:00 and 24:00 my "Scott SUB Speed 30 (2014)" was stolen. I could call myself  happy owner for exactly one year.
The bike was attached to a sign in front of a children's playground (across Thaliapassage 1, 06108 Halle/Saale) with a red ABUS Bordo GRANIT X Plus 6500.
Not sure how they managed to thread the bike over the transverse mounts of the sign, which were still present after they obviously removed the actual sign from the rod (see picture below).

I found the sign and the police hopes to find some fingerprints on it. The photo below shows the back side.

The bike looked similar to the green one on the picture - actually it is identical except the fixed lights and the front rim is still the same as the back green rim.

You have a small server running at home, but don't want it to waste energy if nothing is going on?

Try this little script which checks a couple of parameters to determine if your server is in use or not and if not, it will shutdown the server.
This can be perfectly combined with an automated wake-up setting in the BIOS or a remote controlled power plug or WOL or {your solution goes her to power on your server}.

New checks and metrics can easily be added. Feel free to adjust everything to fit your needs.

The download is located under "Misc programs"

Since everything is now build from scratch, I took the opportunity to switch to an actively maintained gallery system as "Gallery 3" is no longer under active development.

The replacement for "Gallery 3" in my case is "Piwigo"